This past Sunday I got a lot of compliments on my shoes, which you can see pictured above. On Sunday, May 5 TMPC participated in the Spring Edition of The Church has Left the Building where we focus on being the church through our actions of serving others in our community. Because I was going to be participating in one of the projects following the worship service (and because I wear a robe in worship so may wardrobe underneath doesn't matter so much) I chose to come to worship in jeans, a t-shirt, and my bright red converse sneakers. The converse, of course, were on full display during worship as I stood on the raised chancel singing hymns, reading scripture, and presiding at the Lord’s Table for Communion.
When I was growing up my mother always had us dress up to attend church, which typically meant a nice dress and stockings. It was just one more way to separate Sundays from every other day of the week – a way to show reverence and keep the Sabbath. I still feel this way about worship on Sunday although as I have grown older I know it does not matter one bit what you wear to worship God – it only matters that you are taking the time to come and worship at all.
But wearing my jeans and sneakers during a regular morning worship service is a great reminder that our faith is not meant to be something that is neat, pretty, and well put-together. Our faith is meant to be lived out in the world, which might mean you need a durable pair of shoes that can accommodate service for others.
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul encourages the people to put on the Armor of God
But today I encourage you to take up the wardrobe of service – work gloves and bright orange vests, old t-shirts and well worn sneakers, tool belts and dust masks (and yes bright red converse too) so that we can live out our faith and serve our neighbors in need.